2. Xinye Village, China
Residents of Xinye, an historic remote village founded in the thirteenth century in the mountains of western Zhejiang
, have taken such pains to protect their ancient buildings from damage that the village is now highly respected for its fascinating ancient architecture. During Shangsi Festival, celebrated by only a few communities today, villagers pay tribute to their ancestors in ceremonial worship.
3. Den Gamble By, Århus, Denmark
Founded in 1909, “The Old Town” in Århus
was the first open-air museum of its kind, focusing on the history and culture of past urban societies. With 75 replicas of historical houses from all over Denmark
, you can wander through a nineteenth-century market town, explore a stately home from the 1700s, or even have a look round a 1970s gynaecologist's clinic.